No Bugs. No Burns. No Problem: A Summer Skin Protection Guide

As temperatures heat up, outdoor activities are probably starting to fill your summer calendar. Whether you’re headed to the beach, a campsite, an amusement park or even a farmers market, protecting your skin is incredibly important.  We’ve chosen our favorite sunscreen, bug repellents and after sun care options to meet your needs. This way you

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11 Fragrances For Every Summer Vacation Destination

The recipe for a successful summer calls for sun-drenched beach days, breezy nights spent stargazing, and envy-inspiring vacation plans. There’s nothing better than warm weather and a waterfront view, whether you spend it at home or somewhere you’ve never been before.  You might be ready to set your work email to ‘Out Of Office’ a

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Chidoriya: Bringing Traditional Japanese Beauty Secrets To The Masses

Despite dating back centuries, the beauty rituals associated with Japanese geisha are still emulated today. Chidoriya is one brand taking inspiration directly from these beloved figureheads. Established in 1949, Chidoriya was originally focused on creating beauty products and accessories for geisha and maiko. Today, Chidoriya boasts a full range of skin care, beauty products, and

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Choosing a New Product Line: O’Douds Apothecary

Jeffrey Qaiyum (JQ) interviews his big brother Anthony Qaiyum (TQ), President and Co-Owner of Merz Apothecary and Smallflower.com, about what he looks for when selecting a product line to sell in-stores and online. They discuss the brand of the month, O’Douds Apothecary, what makes a new brand stand out, and why the look and feel

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Smallflower Favorites: A Tour of European Classics

Summer has finally arrived. That means it’s time to shed those light spring layers, stock up on seasonal essentials and book travel plans. Before you head out on your west coast road trip, beachy tropical island getaway, or digital detox staycation, we want to take you on a product tour of some of our favorite

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19 Traditional Anniversary Gifts For The Modern Couple

Anniversary gifts should be as unique as your relationship. Finding a gift that triggers a special memory or showcases the depth of the connection between a couple shouldn’t be a chore. Now, commemorating this special bond doesn’t have to be so difficult. The storied history of the traditional wedding gift guide (it dates back to

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The Best Shaving Products For Father’s Day

New tech gear, watches and a refreshed sock drawer make perfectly fine Father’s Day gifts for some dads. We know that your dad is special, so choosing a unique gift for him is a must. Helping dad clean up his look will make a great gift. He doesn’t deserve to sport irritated skin or an

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Brand Spotlight: Introducing O’Douds Apothecary

Whether you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly grooming products or you’re replacing your current stable of favorites with cruelty-free alternatives, O’Douds has something for you. The Brooklyn-based apothecary makes cultivating responsible business practices — from ethical ingredient sourcing to fair labor conditions — a top priority. Every product is created with sustainability in mind. The

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Natural Solutions For Seasonal Allergy

You’ve waited through months of cold and darkness and now, when it’s finally starting to get nice out, you’re stuck inside hiding from hay fever! Is there anything worse than nagging, irritating allergies that won’t let you enjoy spring in its full glory? Standard over-the-counter medicines may help to clear up your symptoms but side

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Refresh & Renew Your Skin Care Routine

What’s our skin care mantra this spring? Renew and simplify! Those heavy duty creams and serums worked wonders during the cold and dry months but as we all know, April showers bring higher humidity. This means that now is the perfect time to refine and re-calibrate your routine! Let’s take this moment of seasonal renewal

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Go Green with These 4 Eco-Conscious Brands

It’s March! Here in Chicago, we’re hoping the weather decides to “go green” for spring. It’s also as good as a time as any to start going green yourself! By now, we hope you don’t need NASA to tell you that our planet is in trouble. But climate change isn’t an issue that any one

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Immune Boost Your Way Through Cold and Flu Season

Even as the days grow longer and we begin to see the light at the end of winter’s tunnel, we’re still in the thick of cold and flu season. Now is not the time to get sick and fall behind on your #newyearnewme #goals! In order to survive this treacherous time of year, you’ll need

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